Charlie Angus

Bio

  • Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Timmins—James Bay since 2004
  • NDP shadow cabinet critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • NDP caucus chair
  • Vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Former School Board Trustee in Timmins
  • Former activist for the homeless and musician
  • Author of seven books
  • 54 years old

Housing Policy

  • Work with other levels of government to provide local solutions to the housing crisis
  • Create a National Low Income Housing Benefit and an Affordable Housing Initiative Credit
  • More funding for existing and new social housing
  • Promote co-operative housing
  • Commit to ending homelessness
  • Expand the Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Indigenous Policy

  • Create an ombudsperson position for indigenous children
  • Would have an independent audit and investigation into Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Health Canada’s indigenous programs
  • Work with the PBO and Indigenous leadership to try and have indigenous people take more control over their services
  • Actually respect s.35 of the charter and adopt UNDRIP
  • Make the government more accountable to indigenous people in terms of indigenous affairs

Environmental Policy

  • Create a national carbon budget and a national carbon budget council
  • Create a crown agency to promote sustainable development
  • Eliminate subsidies in the oil and gas sector

Labour Policy

  • Increase the max Working Income Tax Benefit to $1000 & make it available to full-time workers
  • Raise federal minimum wage to $15/hour, and index it to inflation
  • Ensuring federal assistance to business creates and preserves jobs in Canada
  • Repeal Bill C-27 to protect pensions
  • Go after corporate tax havens
  • Reform Canada’s labour laws, include new anti-scab legislation
  • Reform and expand Canada’s skills development programs
  • Lower the required hours for EI eligibility to 360
  • Expand parental benefits to 70% of salary up to the maximum insurable earnings as well as lower the eligibility requirements
  • Pharmacare

Urban Policy

  • Make housing a right
  • Improve public transit and intercity transportation
  • Improve environmental standards for construction, fight urban sprawl
  • Develop local food security strategies to fight hunger
  • Provide better funding for ESL classes, employment assistance, and other services for new Canadians
  • Make cities more accessible for individuals with disabilities
  • Better fund science and academic research
  • Eliminate tuition for post-secondary education
  • Set standards for mental health and sexual assault policies
  • Eliminate loan interest on student loans
  • Provide more funding for PSSSP for indigenous students
  • Ensure access to high speed internet and bringing costs down
  • Create a resale right for artists, enabling them to collect royalties from resale of their works, and income tax averaging for artists
  • Create a Neighbourhood Ownership Program and Fund to set up democratically governed neighbourhood corporations
  • Community Benefits Agreements
  • Establish new governance frameworks for our cities to give them more of a say in policies that impact them

Party Policy

  • Ensure communication between the party and the riding associations through on the ground organizers and regional councils
  • Create gender balanced, permanent, deliberative, and democratically elected policy development bodies much like citizens’ assemblies
  • Commit to frequent issue based tours to different parts of the country in order to remain connected with the grassroots
  • Help riding associations fundraise
  • Respect Quebec
  • Work towards reconciliation via permanent party structures to ensure Indigenous voice are always heard

Economic Policy

  • Give workers of a closing business the right to purchase their business and restructure it as a worker co-operative
  • Provide worker co-operatives with capital funding to make up for the lack of EI
  • Implement social purchasing for government entities
  • Invest in the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund
  • Create a Community Economic Development Tax Credit to stimulate locally owned and administered finance
  • Harmonize the federal and provincial legislation and regulations around co-operatives
  • Support innovative new co-operative forms
  • Create a new Co-operative Development Initiative to provide technical assistance, small capital loans, and business support to co-operatives through the regional development agencies

 

For more information please visit http://www.charlieangusndp.ca/

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